June 2009

Overview and Findings of the Ontario Paediatric Death Review Committees, 2009

Overview and Findings of the Ontario Paediatric Death Review Committees, 2009

August 11th, 2009

10:00 am-11:00 am EST

Faculty: Karen Bridgman-Acker, MSW, RSW – Child Welfare Specialist, Paediatric Death Review Committee, Deaths Under 5 Committee, Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario Session

Title: Overview and Findings of the Ontario Paediatric Death Review Committees, 2009 Brief Overview of Presentation: The Paediatric Death Review Committee is a multidisciplinary expert committee of The Office of the Chief Coroner that reviews the deaths of children age 0-18 in the province of Ontario. The Deaths Under 5 Committee reviews the deaths of children under the age of 5 to assist the investigating coroner to establish cause and manner of death. The primary goal of both committees is to identify trends, themes and issues and to make recommendations for the prevention of future deaths in similar circumstances. This presentation will provide an overview of these committees, trends and themes identified and data collected on children’s deaths as reported in the committees’ 2009 Annual Report. Case examples and recommendations made for changes or enhancement in best practice, policy and service will be offered. The identified themes to be focused on include infants in unsafe sleeping environments, adolescent suicide, and residential fire deaths. About the Presenter: Karen Bridgman-Acker is a social worker and child welfare specialist who works at the Office of Chief Coroner for Ontario. She co-coordinates the case reviews for the Paediatric Death Review Committee and the Deaths under 5 Committee and is the liaison for child welfare agencies and the coroners’ offices. She is a co-author of the committees’ Annual Report which is produced and distributed publicly in June of each year.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will:

  1. Have a better understanding of the Paediatric Death Review Committee and Deaths under 5 Committee and the death reporting and review process in Ontario for children’s deaths.
  2. Will have learned about the trends, themes and statistics related to paediatric deaths in Ontario.
  3. Have been introduced to case examples and recommendations made to assist in future death prevention of children in Ontario.

Session Materials

Updated June 26, 2009